Created By: thewriter on February 3, 2011 Last Edited By: thewriter on March 20, 2011
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Laconic: An alien or foreigner new to a particular locale will pick out one food they seem to like better than any other.

Examples:

  • ET Loved Reese's Pieces
  • Roger from American Dad! seems fond of Pecan Sandies. (And booze)
  • Saturday Night Live's Coneheads are fond of beer, drinking a six-pack at a time. In The Movie they like Subway Sandwiches.
  • Starfire is very fond of mustard, going so far as to drink it.
  • In Meet Joe Black, Death develops an intense love of peanut butter.
  • ALF eats cats, and his desire to eat the family housecoat is a running gag.
  • The Prawns in District 9 love cat food.
  • Ax's love of cinnamon buns in Animorphs.
  • The Martian Manhunter's love of oreos (which was treated like an addiction at once point).
  • The alien kids on Roswell are big fans of Tabasco sauce, even putting it on cake.
  • The Observers on Fringe (wherever they're from) have been seen eating excessively spicy foods, from drinking straight hot sauce, to dumping an entire shaker of pepper on a sandwich.
  • Teyla and popcorn on {{Stargate: Atlantis}}.
  • Vir becomes very fond of Shirly Temples when he is Driven To Drink in Babylon5
  • Does the Discworld's Dwarfs' taste for rats fall under this trope?
  • The eleventh Doctor is introduced that way. He goes through a fridge trying to find out what his new incarnation likes. He settles on fish fingers and custard.
    • Also the Fourth Doctor LOVED Jelly Babies "Classic Doctor Who"
    • All the Doctors love tea "Doctor Who" whole series
    • The 9th and 10th Doctors had a fondness for bananas
  • Ryuk from Death Note loved apples. He knew apples in his own world, but claimed the Earth ones had far superior taste.
    • And Sidoh from Death Note develops a love of chocolate from Mello.
  • Mickey Mouse comics have Eega Beeva, aka. Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push, who eats moth balls like sweets.
  • Prot from K-PAX (film) really enjoys Earth's "produce" (usually fruit, at least onscreen). In one memorable scene he devours a banana, peel and all.
  • Worf from Star Trek TNG likes prune juice. According to him, it is a drink for a warrior!
  • In the Star Wars short story compilation Tale's from Jabba's Palace, one of the stories focuses on a Gamorrean Guard. He shows a fondness for eating packing foam peanuts.
  • ELF (a clear parody of ALF) from Nicky510 likes to eat soap. He initially mistook it for food, but even finding out that it was not, failed to stop him from eating it at every opportunity.
  • In the 1995 Made-for-TV Movie version of The Invaders the eponymous invaders liked very fatty foods and smoking cigarettes - it was actually good for them.
  • Saturday Night Live's Coneheads are fond of beer, drinking a six-pack at a time (without removing the cans from the plastic six-pack rings first). In The Movie they like Subway Sandwiches.
  • Aquamarine added salt to everything she ate, but that probably has to do with her being a mermaid and all and used to salt water.
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • February 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Ax's love of cinomen buns in Animorphs.
    • The Martian Manhunter's love of oreos (which was treated like an addiction at once point).
  • February 3, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    I could have sworn we had this somewhere. Related to No Biochemical Barriers.

  • February 3, 2011
    KTera
  • February 3, 2011
    dotchan
    Most of these examples are probably in Trademark Favorite Food.
  • February 3, 2011
    Sligh
    Apparently pizza is this for marvel's Firelord, as seen in Astonishing Spider Man 269.
  • February 3, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    Since it appears all of these are non-human anyway, maybe the trope could be aliens having certain strange dietary quirks when it comes to Earth food.
  • February 4, 2011
    brogaglas
    ALF eats cats, and his desire to eat the family housecoat is a running gag.
  • February 5, 2011
    StarryEyed
    In Meet Joe Black, Death develops an intense love of peanut butter.
  • February 5, 2011
    kokomojeezus
    Another alien example: Yami of To Love Ru loves taiyaki to the point that she doesn't really eat much else.
  • February 5, 2011
    arromdee
    The Martian Manhunter likes Oreos (I believe it was later changed to a Brand X version).
  • February 5, 2011
    sxizzor
    Starfire is very fond of mustard, going so far as to drink it.
  • February 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Saturday Night Live's Coneheads are fond of beer, drinking a six-pack at a time (without removing the cans from the plastic six-pack rings first). In The Movie they like Subway Sandwiches.
  • February 6, 2011
    Lenoxus
    Looks like this is Trademark Favorite Food with aliens, and sometimes Funny Foreigners. Lots of overlap with Alien Catnip. Therefore, I'm not sure this needs to be a trope...
  • February 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the 1995 Made For TV Movie version of The Invaders the eponymous invaders liked very fatty foods and smoking cigarettes - it was actually good for them.
  • February 7, 2011
    BuckRivera
    • The eleventh Doctor is introduced that way. He goes through a fridge trying to find out what his new incarnation likes. He settles on fish fingers and mustard.
    • Lt. Worf considers prune juice "a warrior's drink".
  • February 7, 2011
    BlackDragon
    ELF (a clear parody of ALF) from Nicky510 likes to eat soap. He initially mistook it for food, but even finding out that it was not, failed to stop him from eating it at every opportunity.
  • February 7, 2011
    fmota
    The eleventh Doctor settles on fish fingers and custard, not mustard.
  • February 7, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    In the Star Wars short story compilation Tale's from Jabba's Palace, one of the stories focuses on a Gamorrean Guard. He shows a fondness for eating packing foam peanuts.
  • February 8, 2011
    BuckRivera
    @fmota: Thanks, that makes less and therefore more sense.
  • February 8, 2011
    madmerry
    also the Fourth Doctor LOVED Jelly Babies "Classic Doctor Who"

    all the Doctors love tea "Doctor Who" whole series

    the 9th and 10th Doctors had a fondness for bananas "Doctor Who 2005"
  • February 8, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Who can forget Ryuk from Death Note and his love of apples?
  • February 9, 2011
    peccantis
    ^To add: Ryuk knew apples in his own world, but claimed the Earth ones had far superior taste.

    • Mickey Mouse comics have Eega Beeva, aka. Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push, who eats moth balls like sweets.
  • February 9, 2011
    DaLucaray030
    What about the Worms from Men In Black?
  • March 2, 2011
    BuckRivera
    Bump as this shouldn't die.
  • March 2, 2011
    Josech
    Prot from K-PAX (film) really enjoys Earth's "produce" (usually fruit, at least onscreen). In one memorable scene he devours a banana, peel and all.
  • March 3, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Teyla and popcorn on Stargate: Atlantis.

    Vir becomes very fond of Shirly Temples when he is Driven To Drink in Babylon5

    Does the Discworld Dwarfs' taste for rats fall under this trope?
  • March 6, 2011
    peccantis
    Prompt launch, this is clearly defined and has a good load of examples.
  • March 6, 2011
    Bailey
    Related to Alien Arts Are Appreciated, I think.
  • March 17, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
  • March 17, 2011
    chihuahua0
    • Sidoh from Death Note develops a love of chocolate from Mello.
  • March 18, 2011
    thewriter
    Ugh, could someone else launch this please seeing as for some reason this site has been glitching up on me the last few weeks whenver I try.
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